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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Rosa Parks Estate Battle Is Not Over

Rosa ParksAs I have previously discussed, the Michigan Court of Appeals recently upheld a probate judge’s handling of the estate of Rosa Parks. Now, Steven G. Cohen, attorney for Elaine Steele, the major beneficiaries of Rosa Parks’ estate, has stated that he is appealing to the Michigan Supreme Court the Michigan Court of Appeal's decision denying his appeal and assessing him financial penalties. Cohen had received a favorable ruling in 2011, when the case was before Wayne County Probate Judge Freddie Burton, Jr. and has been the source of conflict for the last several years. The Court of Appeals upheld Burton's ruling, but sent the case back “for a determination of actual and punitive damages, including reasonable attorney fees.”  

See Paul Egan, More Appeals Planned in Battle Over Rosa Parks Estate, Detroit Free Press, Feb. 24, 2014.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.

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